By Adam Withnall
The Assad regime is killing so many detainees in Syria that it now amounts to the crime against humanity of “extermination”, a UN report has found.
In a document published by the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, investigators found the Syrian government responsible for “massive and systematised violence”.
The crimes against humanity committed by the Assad regime, according to the UN, far outnumber those of Isis militants and other jihadist groups.
The UN commission of inquiry called on the Security Council to imporse “targeted sanctions” against Syrian officials. Its report was based on interviews with 621 survivors and witnesses and covers the period March 2011 to November 2015.
The situation of detainees in Syria is critical, and represents an urgent and largescale crisis of human rights protection,” the Commission of Inquiry in Syria report said.
“With thousands of persons still in custody, urgent steps need to be taken by the Syrian Government, armed groups, the external backers of various belligerents, and the wider international community to prevent further deaths.”